In the beginning, there was an airport

Trip Start Apr 17, 2006
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Trip End Jun 14, 2006


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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

So this is the start. I had to almost totally dismantle my bike to fit it in the little box that Iberia provided me with at Heathrow (and charged me a fiver for! But then it did have a picture of a bike on the side, so maybe thatīs why). By some miracle, all components arrived in South America intact. As I was rebuilding it in the foyer of Santiago airport, I looked up to see that I had drawn quite a crowd. Then a couple of taxi drivers tried to get a tip out of me for taking away the box ("or they will think it contains a bomb and shut down the whole airport"), so I got out of there, stopping at a nearby petrol station to fill my stove (much to the mirth of the staff, who are apparently unused to bicycles pulling up).

As I cycled from home to Heathrow airport, I was reflecting that my bike should have a name. Such anthropomorphis could come in useful when I needed something (someone) to blame for my sloth up the steep inclines of the Andes. I decided upon the humble moniker "packhorse", to give a sense of the uncomplaining duty that I hoped my bicycle wouldbestow upon me. This is something of a demotion (nay, castration) for the machine that was the pride and joy of my teenage years, when I named it "Sandra" in homage to icon of my youth...

Statistics, for those number-crunchers among you

Miles munched: 0
Gravity banked: 0m
Most useful Spanish word learned: bicicleta
Amount of Spanish understood: between none and nothing
Beard status: designer stubble
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suzannab
suzannab on

Good Luck.
ok, i knew you were going travelling, i DID NOT know you were cycling so far on your own. (i'm a little scared - but also more than a little impressed)

all i can say is GOOD LUCK and take care, I look forward to hearing about it!

Suzanna

charlotte.b.r
charlotte.b.r on

Nigel....you ARE crazy! :p
Deary me. I'm so glad you've set this thing up I think it's a really cool way to keep in touch with everyone. I'm just glad that you're still alive and you got there OK etc...sounds like you're having a great time already and makes all our lives look more than a bit dull in comparison!!! Good luck with the rest of your trip, and I shall be logging on in order to keep track of your progress in the coming weeeks. Your thigh muscles are going to wonder what they ever did to make you punish them so much!
Love, Charlotte x

julia.kilner
julia.kilner on

Hello smelly poo!!!!
Finaly i have a spare minute to talk to you!!It sounds like you are having a fun time although i still think that you are mad! Como va to espanol?? Todo bien?? Look after yourself and make sure that you dont get bitten by any bats!! Remember rabies is not nice!!hehe Hope that you are still enjoying yourself. All my love and lots of cuddles. OH MY GOD BIG NEWS... MY BROTHER IS GETTING MARRIED!!!!!!!!yay how cool is that.

Anyways i have to go now i have a presentation to write and a project to do and... so much work!!!

love you
julia

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